Q: I have had a great deal of myofascial release over the years and I would like to wrap up my need for treatment, how do you make the results last?
A: When are you ever done with myofascial release is a great question. Personally, I have found that I was living a good life in pain fairly early on. Treatment relieved pain gradually over time as though I was an emerging ice sculpture. Treatments were expensive and being young I had a great deal to learn before I put myself first.
As symptoms gradually subsided, I began to participate in life with more vigor. Horseback riding lessons as an adult, jogging again on uneven trails, belly dancing and boogie boarding. More layers of restriction and new injuries occurred thus more myofascial release.
In an effort to free myself from a medically necessary myofascial dependency, I learned to utilized other techniques to help ground the work such as breathing, meditation, daily exercise of many varieties, very specific yoga postures, change in diet, change in thought and speech patterns, boundaries and affirmations. The idea that I could really control my pain by limiting the demands I made on myself, enjoy my accomplishments and treat myself well with some basic self care strategies came with maturity. Integrating my new more capable body and balancing it with rest and reward allowed me to have a great life remarkably pain free. I try to incorporate this philosophy into my patient treatment plans. Frequently I wean my patients off of osteopathic technique and dovetail into a referral to a great massage therapist for reminders to relax, flushing the toxins in stored in tissue and deep manipulation of the tissues. They need my intervention for re-injury or occasional tune ups. Massage, fascial, steam, whirlpool and sauna are rewards I give my body when I have accomplished a certain amount of goals, I tell myself OK it is time to contemplate your accomplishments, rest , relax and enjoy. When I was in really bad shape I had a hard time relaxing during a massage however now in the maintenance aspect of my treatment process, I have a hard time not back sliding without it.
Professionally, I am utilizing a service called treatment exchange where I email my yoga exercises, pertinent articles, supplement and remedy reminders to my patients. If you find even more new ways to enhance your myofascial experience please share them with me.